“…for he who is hanged is accursed of God.”
– Deuteronomy 21:23
The miscellaneous laws given by Moses to the people included one that undeniably pointed forward to the Cross of Christ. Jesus was hung on a cross and cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Accursed by God, the full measure of our sin was placed on Jesus the Messiah. Christ’s sacrifice became our atonement (Romans 3:25).
Atonement has been defined as “making amends, blotting out the offense, and giving satisfaction for the wrong done.” The Bible tells us that all have sinned and there is none righteous. Each person must atone for sins individually, yet we lack the power and resources to do so on our own. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:2-4). Despite our best efforts towards right standing with God, our works are futile in His sight.
The systematic sacrifices established by God to the Nation of Israel were types that pointed forward to the Cross of Christ. Christ’s death on the Cross was for our rescue by His ransom. He paid to God what was owed by us. Jesus is our propitiation. In other words, His blood quenched God’s wrath and removed our sins from His sight.
Sin disrupted our relationship with God, and there must be reconciliation. That can only come through faith in Jesus the Messiah as your personal Lord and Savior. God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood (Romans 3:25).
“The love of God means Calvary – nothing less! The love of God is spelled out on the Cross and nowhere else. The only basis for which God can forgive me is the Cross of Christ. It is there that His conscience is satisfied.”
– Oswald Chambers